Over the last decade, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream. Here, men fight to test their mettle, fortified with the mythic promise that an ordinary man can transform into a champion.
This gripping documentary, directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker (Gunner Palace; The Prisoner: Or How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair; Bulletproof Salesman) follows a group of dedicated, determined young men who enter arenas to brutally fight for a chance at glory, success, and living the American Dream.
Fightville is about the art and sport of fighting: a microcosm of life, a physical manifestation of that other brutal contest called the American Dream, where men are not born, but built through self determination, hard work and faith. It may be a myth, but in Fightville, that's what champions are made of.
Fightville opens in theatres in Los Angeles and New York on April 20, with a national roll-out to follow. The film will also be available on demand and digital download on April 20.